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Entries from July 27th, 2011
Thanks Steve. You definitely nabbed photo of the week with this one
Once and a while, we run into street finds that are truly remarkable. This Lancia Delta S4 Stradale represents one of those celebrated discoveries. I know what you’re thinking. This thing looks like a mutated economy car with aerodynamic upgrades that went horribly wrong in a secret French laboratory. But what you fail to realize is that this Lancia is no ordinary hatchback. It’s a street legal, homologated representation of the Group B rally car that competed in the World Rally Championship in 1985-1986. It’s engine is mounted midship, not a common trait among economy cars, and power is sent to all four wheels for superior traction. The best part…Lancia made just 200 road-going examples. To put that rarity into perspective, iconic auction house Bonhams just sold one for about $160k.
Not bad for a funny looking economy car.
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Acrylic on canvas 20”x 16”
You all remember artist and acclaimed photorealist Bob Petillo’s Reflections of America series. You know, the long running Man on the Move installment of auto-themed paintings that look just like photographs. Well, Bob has a new series of amazing photo-inspired work, this time paying homage to the many charming ornaments adorning automobile hoods across the ages. The series is aptly named “Ornamentations” and the first installation you see above, titled “The Chrome Jet”, is straight off of ’55 Chevy Bel Air.
“Looking like a nasty bird of prey, this intense study of “how to” paint Chrome doesn’t leave out even the most subtle variation of color or sparkle. You have to love sculpture to appreciate the shape and form of the old hood ornaments. Chrome transforms these 3-D American iconic symbols to the max, reflecting images surrealistically”
Reproductions of these and the “Reflections of America” series are available on www.bobpetillo.com
While driving in the French Vosges, more specifically in Saint Etienne at the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, I spotted this rally-inspired, hot hatch duo just waiting to square off against one another on a dusty mountain pass somewhere. In one corner, the Lime Green Focus RS…so bold, flamboyant and boy racer in appearance. Don’t be fooled by the economy car underpinnings though. This muscle has got plenty of hustle behind it…300 ponies worth. Thats good enough to move the little rocket from a standing start to 60 MPH in less than 6 seconds. Sitting alongside it, the more understated Clio RS, all business-like and functional in white. The black wheels, dual exhaist and tints add a menacing touch. The verdict…Europeans love them some hot hatchbacks.
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I’m bringing it back…the coveted mystery ride you have all come to know and love. This one was spotted last weekend on my way home from the Berkshires. The exotic silhouette is pretty hard to miss and prompted me to immediately pull to the side of the road. You can imagine the strange, slightly concerned looks from the good folks sitting inside the house as they watched me snap away at this completely covered car sitting in their driveway.
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Spotted this Japanese classic on Prytania, just a few miles from the action on Bourbon Street. The handsome little roadster, produced from ’65-’70 in this iteration, was Nissan’s answer to popular British sports cars of the period from the likes of MG and Triumph. It would eventually become the Z car we all know and love today. Love the rally lights nestled into the grille and tripple layered tail lights in back. The prominent hood buldge is imposing to onlookers and adds a bit of sass to an otherwise understated sports car.